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As Iron Sharpens Iron

Proverbs 27:17

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

RayMcDIf you ever played a team sport – you know that practicing with your teammates often improves your game. The better the teammate(s) – the better you will become – because you are competing against the best in practice. Offenses that practice against strong defenses – often say they improve their game. They often say it makes game day easier – because they have been practicing against a top 10 defense all week or against an All-Pro in certain positions – and they often play a lesser defense or player on game day. Going against a future Hall of Fame player every day in practice has to improve your game.

Do you remember growing up – and being influenced by your peer group – your close friends? Parents typically spend a lot of energy trying to influence us about the people who influence us – because it really does matter. The old saying – one bad apple spoils the whole barrel – is so true at times. Most of us are not leaders – most of us are followers. We are more easily swayed by others than we sway them.

In one of the churches I was blessed to serve – during the peak of the Promise Keepers movement – the men started a men’s group and we called it Iron to Iron. We had a men’s Bible study on Tuesday nights and often had 20 plus in attendance. Young men who were striving to be men of God. Older men – who not only were searching themselves to be men of God – but also mentors to the younger men. We had a monthly meeting as well – and often had 30 plus men at these. We had men who would later go into ministry. We had men who are elders and deacons in their current church. We had men who loved Jesus. It was a blessing being with those men. I remember once saying – I hope that 20-30 years from now I can track these brothers and see just what God did in their lives. I think I will try to do just that.

Today’s passage was the base Scripture for our Iron to Iron group. Here it is again – Proverbs 27:17 – As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Holding each other accountable is a powerful tool. Helping one another grow in their relationship with Jesus is a great calling.

Six men – from the current church I serve – are supporting one another as we try to lose some weight. Some of us need to lose more than others – but we can all stand to lose some pounds. We challenged ourselves to lose 5% of our body weight by Labor Day – 8% by Thanksgiving – and 10% by Christmas. As we support one another – and some of us have had week(s) where we didn’t see the needle move – we are building each other up. By the way – at last weigh in we had lost 72 plus pounds together! Let the Iron sharpen the Iron!

At our Tuesday Bible studies (10:30 am & 7 pm) – where we had 34 folks this week – we spend time each week talking about praises and prayer concerns. We learn about each other and try to help each other through tough times. This is what the Body of Christ is called to do – to support each other – as iron sharpens iron. By the way – we begin a community Bible study on September 4th at 10:30 am and 7 pm – as we open the Bible to the Book of Galatians. All are welcome!

Who are you – who am I – building up in the faith today? Are you a positive influence on someone? Are you letting Jesus shine in your life so that someone is drawn closer to Him?

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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August 23, 2018 - Posted by | Bring, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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